I was just saying a few weeks ago that I had never seen an Eastern Meadowlark...and NOW I have seen three - this one just a few kilometres from home.
This one was very quiet, as was the first one I saw less than a month ago. I mention this because I live in an area where the Western Meadowlark's range overlaps with the Eastern. The two species are difficult to tell apart and their songs are one of the major ways to be sure of which is which.
Notice the dirty beak. I suspect he had recently extracted worms or grubs from the muddy soil below. It was the evening of a rainy day.
Sitting atop a wild apple tree
I am linking to World Bird Wednesday.